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U.S. SMS Phishing Attacks on the Rise this Fall

SMS Bank and account phishing in the U.S. more than tripled in September and continues as the nation’s number one category of reported SMS. However, some very notable cities such as New York City have dodged these malicious attempts at users’ financial and account details. Over the past two months, we’ve seen a sharp increase […]

Your spam reports to 7726 shut down a UK SMS spammer

The ICO (Information Commissioners Office), a UK regulator, raided the premises of a SMS spammer today, successfully confiscating equipment and SIM cards used in the spam attacks. The GSMA Spam Reporting Service, powered by Cloudmark, which has been provided to the four main UK Mobile operators (EE, Vodafone, Telefonica O2 & 3) for just under […]

Rise in iMessage spam related to Luxury Goods

Over the weekend I received my first iMessage spam. Here’s a screenshot of the spam message: After asking around at Cloudmark, lots of other people also received a similar spam message, so we decided to look in Cloudmark’s Spam Reporting Service (SRS) to see if we could quantify the scope of the attack. The Spam […]

How to report Text Message Spam on an iPhone

When you get a spam SMS message you should forward it to 7726 (that’s S-P-A-M on your phone keypad).  This reports the spam message to your mobile carrier so that they can take action against the spammer. Note: This blog post has been superseded by this updated post on how to report iPhone spam with iOS7: […]

Why Network Level Protection is Better than Device Patches for Vulnerabilities like the Charlie Miller iPhone SMS Vulnerability

The recently announced SMS vulnerability discovered by Charlie Miller that affects Apple iPhone, Palm Pre, Windows Mobile and Google Android devices highlights the importance of network level protections for the mobile network. The vulnerability, which can enable an attacker to gain full access of a device by sending specially coded SMS messages to the device, […]

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